Entrepreneurs, freelancers, and solo business owners: Break free from the lonely hustle and grow a brand bigger than yourself.
WHAT IS SOLO?
Interactive Virtual Conference for Solopreneurs.
Solo Con 2021 brought together a global community of purposeful Solopreneurs ready to be inspired and equipped to innovate, persevere, and scale our businesses—all so we can increase our impact at home and in the world.
Now you can access all of this life-changing content anytime, anywhere. Get access to more than 20 hours of presentations and workshops from some of the worlds top creators, innovators, and business leaders.
Whew! I feel like I am growing wings for a whole new journey! The revelations of Solo Con! This is amazing! I need a nap - but dare I get caught napping when gold nuggets are falling everywhere.
Greta B | Solo Con 2021 Attendee
Learn from some of the most successful business leaders of our time and prepare to grow a brand bigger than yourself.
Seth Godin is the author of 20 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow.
His book, This Is Marketing, was an instant bestseller around the world. The newest book, The Practice, was out at the end of 2020 and is already a bestseller. In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth has founded several companies, including Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. His podcast is in the top 1% of all podcasts worldwide. In 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. More than 20,000 people have taken the powerful Akimbo workshops he founded, including the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar.
What more do we need to say. Seth is a voice every Solopreneur needs to hear, and this year at Solo Con 2021, you can. Don’t miss it.
Amy Porterfield is an online marketing expert and the host of the top-ranked podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy. Before building a multi-million dollar digital course business, Amy worked with Peak Performance Coach, Tony Robbins, where she oversaw the content team and collaborated on ground-breaking online marketing campaigns. Through her bestselling courses and popular podcast, Amy’s action-by-action approach proves that even the newest online entrepreneurs can bypass the overwhelm, and instead generate exciting momentum as they build a business they love.
Stu McLaren coaches and consults New York Times best-selling authors, top rated speakers, experts and niche celebrities on how to launch, grow and scale high profit recurring revenue streams. As the former founder of the world's #1 membership platform for WordPress, WishList Member, he had the chance to serve and support over 60,000+ online communities and membership sites. Through that experience, he gained a unique insight into the subtle membership nuances that produce massive results. Today he uses that knowledge to help his clients to launch and grow multiple high 6 and 7-figure membership sites. Stu never disappoints, and you're going to love learning from him live this year at Solo Con 2022!
As Director of Brand Strategy, Sara’s work has involved crafting the first full brand strategy for Chick-fil-A, leading the implementation of an internal brand system and identifying strategic opportunities for the brand’s external presence. Sara brings a passion for purpose-driven brands that positively impact people and society. She leads from a philosophy of brand strategy as central to both internal culture and the total customer experience.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A in 2014, Sara was an Innovation Director with Prophet, a Marketing and Brand Strategy consulting firm. There, she consulted Fortune 100 brands on how to grow through innovation, brand and leadership development.
Outside of her corporate role, Sara is wife to David, mom of two growing (super awesome) boys – Sam and Barrett, an avid reader and a fan of all things theatre and interior design. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Judi Holler owns a creative company that uses humor to help people live braver lives, protect their mental health, and build high-performance habits that last. Her work takes the experimental principles of the improv theatre and helps you apply them to the unscripted stage of everyday life. These ideas will teach you that while you’ll never be “fearless” ... you can get really good at ...FEARING FEAR LESS!
Judi is a professionally trained improviser and alumni of Second City’s Conservatory in Chicago, and she uses her training every day to smash self-doubt and experiment with fear. Judi’s book, Fear Is My Homeboy, became an instant bestseller on Amazon, and was endorsed by the inspiring Mel Robbins calling it .... “relatable, relevant and most importantly ACTIONABLE!” Additionally, Judi is the creator of the Fear Boss Community, The Vibe and Thrive goal-focused planner, and her top-rated podcast “Yes, And” which are all on a mission to help you fear LESS so you can DO more.
Judi likes her books non-digital, her wine bubbly, and her music hip-hop. Judi’s Mission : To help you get more comfortable being uncomfortable. Judi’s Vision : A world so brave that fear is no longer the enemy, comfort is! That’s a world we at Solo can get behind.
Jeremy Cowart is a photographer, artist, and entrepreneur whose goal in life is to use his creative platform to inspire and help others. He’s also one of the most brilliant solopreneurs we know. Jeremy is a sought-after speaker, having presented at TEDx, the United Nations and creative conferences across the country. His latest endeavor is The Purpose Hotel, a planned global for-profit hotel chain designed to fuel the work of not-for-profit organizations. He’s also the founder of a global photography movement, Help-Portrait and an online idea-community called Liminal Society. The story of all of these projects is told in his brand new book “I’m Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife and four children. Don’t miss Jeremy’s main stage talk! It will leave you inspired and ready to create with purpose!
Kevin Carroll is an author + instigator of inspiration + creative catalyst. He brings a playful curiosity, a keen understanding of human nature and a lifelong love of competition to all of his endeavors. Kevin is the author of four highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press, McGraw-Hill and A Kids Book About. He has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as Nike, Starbucks, adidas, Walt Disney, Target, Proctor & Gamble, Columbia Sportswear, Mattel, the National Basketball Association and many others. Kevin was named by SUCCESS magazine as one of 19 “SEERS – changing the world!” Kevin believes that play is serious business!
Alli Worthington is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, podcaster, and business coach. Her books include Standing Strong, Breaking Busy, Fierce Faith, and The Year of Living Happy. She hosts the Alli Worthington Show and is a sought-after speaker. In her work as an advisor and coach, she helps both business leaders of all kinds, whether solopreneurs, entrepreneurs or leaders at Fortune 500 companies be more successful. She served on the Intel Social Media Advisory Board and has worked with companies such as Disney, Verizon, and Procter & Gamble.
Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family, and balance lead to appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Forbes, and more. She and her husband Mark, and their five sons live outside Nashville, TN with two constantly shedding golden retrievers. You’re going to fall in love with her this year at Solo Con!
In 1994, Ken and three others started the Team Sports Division, and were the first at Nike to work with NCAA basketball and football, the NFL and the NBA. They were the first to create uniforms and design new identities for teams at all levels. By the year 2000, Ken became Nike’s first Olympic Creative Director, long before anyone knew it needed to happen. A year later, he had helped start the very first Advanced Concepts Innovation Team, launching products and concepts like Nike Free, Nike 6.0, Presto 2, and ultimately the first proposal for Nike+.
After leaving his mark as a Senior Creative Director at one of the most iconic brands of our time, he left to help tell new stories by igniting a start-up called SPARQ, going on to build the brand and business from 2 people to 20. Through his work bringing stories to life through events, magazine, and marketing campaigns, Ken led SPARQ to an acquisition 5 short years later. The company who acquired them? Nike. That meant his second stint at Nike was spent serving as the VP of Digital Design Future. His body of work as a Nike VP consists of a long list of Nike design success stories. He has since moved on again, stepping out of his role at Nike, and stepping into what’s next.
The long and diverse list of Ken’s accomplishments with Nike, the Olympics and more have led him to understand what visionary brands are made of. We have much to learn from him as Solopreneurs. We’re grateful that this year at Solo Con, we get to do just that.
Despite such a long list of accomplishments and a resume filled with some of the most successful global brands of our time, Kevin has intentionally chosen the path of the Solopreneur in his own life and business, and yet he continues to scale his impact. How? We’ll soon get to find out how. Prepare yourself for what will likely be one of the most raved about talks of Solo Con.
Carlos Whittaker is a self proclaimed “Hope Dealer” who spends the majority of his time telling stories on stages and phone screens across the world that lead people towards impactful action. He’s a Peoples Choice Award winner, host of the Human Hope podcast, and the author of three books, Moment Maker, Kill The Spider, & Enter Wild which all lead people towards freedom in some way, shape, or form. Carlos lives with his wife, 3 kids, and 5 chickens in Nashville TN.
If you don’t follow @loswhit on Instagram, consider this your invitation. He’s one of our favorite follows at Solo, and we can’t wait to soak up his wisdom at Solo Con 2021.
Marc Pimsler is a solopreneur, published author, sought after experiential trainer, therapist, and coach. Since 2004 Marc has worked in a variety of counseling and consulting capacities. He is as passionate about being a part of clients’ healing, as he is about helping others unlock the power of experiential work to support the change process in individuals and teams.
Marc owns and operates MVP Consulting, a therapeutic consulting firm, where he serves individuals and families in need, specializing in addressing addiction, shame and trauma. Marc is the Clinical Experiential Specialist at Onsite Workshops, a world-renowned emotional health retreat center located in the rolling hills of Tennessee, an hour outside of Nashville. Marc also serves as the executive director of the International Society for Experiential Professionals (ISEP). In 2019, Marc was awarded the Georgia Counselor of the Year by the Georgia Addiction Counselor Association. In addition to his therapy certifications, Marc is certified as a yoga and meditation teacher.
Marc is passionate about the work of recovery, both his own as well as his clients’ and believes that sometimes all we need is a helping hand and a fresh perspective. Grounded in the belief system that everyone has the capacity to recover, Marc brings humor, spirituality, and creativity to everything he is involved in. What does experiential therapy have to do with your life as a Solopreneur? More than you may currently realize. We can’t wait for Marc to show you.
Kevin B. Jennings is a business coach and personal brand strategist. He helps ambitious creatives and leaders get unstuck with the credibility, clarity, and courage they need to turn their ideas into income and impact.
He is also the CEO of Junction 32, which offers marketing services and products to help small businesses grow their brands and increase revenue so they can impact people. Kevin is also the host of Executive Minds — a podcast helping professionals and leaders convert their potential into high performance so they can grow their careers.
Kevin has had the opportunity to serve influencers such as Tony Robbins, Dave Ramsey, Oprah Winfrey, Jen Hatmaker, Sarah Jakes Roberts, and Carey Nieuwhof. Whether he's working with best-selling authors or Inc. 5000 organizations, Kevin's mission is to bring out the best in people's careers, their ideas, and themselves to experience the joy of serving others through a purpose-driven life. When he's not helping businesses grow, Kevin is deejaying weddings and parties on the weekends.
He resides in the Nashville, TN area with his amazing wife and two wonderful children. Learn more at kevinbjennings.com.
Steve embodies and defines the in-between - the bridges, the connections, and the culture - of community. By standing astride disciplines of design, architecture, culture and communications, he equips communities to speak for and solve for their own needs and aspirations. Steve is the Founder of Culture Design Studio where he helps creative teams transform their culture and communication through workshops and coaching.
Susie Moore is a Miami-based life coach and author. She's been featured on the Today show, Refinery29, Forbes, Oprah.com and more. Her new book, Stop Checking Your Likes: Shake Off the Need for Approval and Live an Incredible Life, is now available. We’re so excited for you to learn from Susie’s unique advice on how you as a Solopreneur can scale your business and your impact! Plus, she’s an absolute blast!
It’s time for Solopreneurs to experience the “Double Win.” What is that you may wonder? We can’t wait for Chad to tell you. Chad Cannon is Michael Hyatt & Company’s Chief Sales Officer. He first experienced the Double Win when he was the CEO of Chadwick Cannon Agency, a full-service digital marketing firm dedicated to amplifying brands and ideas. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Marketing for Thomas Nelson Publishers, now a division of HarperCollins. In his five years there, he led more than 225 book marketing campaigns, with 16 titles reaching the New York Times Bestseller List. Today, he’s passionate about guiding more leaders to the Double Win.
Chad lives in Nashville with his wife Julie, a talented photographer and writer and his daughter, Crew. He’s an enormous fan of the Chicago Cubs, Apple products, dogs, traveling, and darn good food. We can’t wait to learn from him at Solo Con.
Rachel K. Cross is a globally accomplished marketer, career strategist, writer, speaker, and the Chief Business Sherpa of Rachel K Group, a boutique marketing consulting firm that helps organizations and individuals become the world-changing brands they were meant to be. Rachel’s Career Freedom Bootcamp is a groundbreaking online mini-course that helps people confidently launch solopreneur businesses aligned with their purpose and overall life vision so they can experience more freedom, flexibility, and joy in all areas. She considers herself a "sherpa" because she enjoys the challenge of guiding her clients to where they want to go while she helps carry their packs. Plus, sherpas live in them mountains (her happy place) and get to wear warm, fuzzy hats! In her free time, Rachel loves globe trotting, snowboarding, scuba diving, and cooking. She’s trying to stretch her way into being a yogi and finds meditation an essential part of her day. The thing that makes her life most extraordinary is spending time with her “plus one” and an incredible community of friends.
David Hutchens has been exploring the intersection of narrative, leadership, and complex systems change for more than 20 years. A bestselling author, business writer and learning designer, he creates solutions for Accenture, Harvard Business Review, L’Oreal, PayPal, The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, The US Olympic Committee, and many others. His partnerships include a recurring instructor position with the globally renowned INSEAD School of Business in Fontainebleau, France.
David speaks to organizations and leadership teams all around the world on the topic of storytelling as an organizational capacity. His new book is “Story Sprint”, due Winter, 2021, and will be his tenth book. He is the author of “Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers,” (Wiley & Sons 2015). He is also the creator of the Leadership Story Deck — an innovative, card-based resource for developing narrative driven communications.
David has served as an executive speechwriter or ghostwriter for global thought leaders such as Stephen M.R. Covey, and the CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. In partnership with Experience To Lead, he develops or facilitates immersive story-driven leadership programs such as The Team USA Leadership Experience at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado springs; and The Apollo Leadership Experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
That’s quite a resume, consisting of some massive brands who are looking to David for guidance in their companies. Now, as a Solopreneur, you get to do the same.
John Bucher is a mythologist and storyteller based out of Hollywood, California. He serves as Content Curator for the Joseph Campbell Foundation and is an author, podcaster, and communicator.
John has worked with companies including HBO, DC Comics, The History Channel, A24 Films, The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, and served as a consultant and writer for numerous film, television, and Virtual Reality projects. He is the author of six books including the best-selling Storytelling for Virtual Reality, named by BookAuthority as one of the best storytelling books of all time. Disruptor named him one of the top 25 influencers in Virtual Reality.
John teaches writing and story courses in the Los Angeles area and around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in Mythology and Depth Psychology and has spoken on 5 continents about using the power of story and myth to reframe how individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations are viewed.
John has recently been teaching others about the power of ecosystems and how to build them. As soon as we became of aware of this, we knew you had to learn from him, too. You will be blown away by what he has to share this year at Solo Con, and how it can transform your business as you set out to build an ecosystem of your own.
Ben Stewart is co-founder of Louder Agency. He’s spent over a decade helping brands make a great first impression online with intentional, customer-centric marketing and web strategies. Today he’s on a mission to help purposeful leaders increase their impact on the world by telling better stories. As the leading source for all things digital marketing for Harris III’s collective of brands, including STORY and Solo Con, Ben will be pulling back the curtain to become a source of guidance for you and your business as a Solopreneur. When Ben has a microphone, make sure you have a pen and paper nearby. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Sally Z is the founder of BeMoved and an award-winning speaker with a passion for helping purpose-driven leaders create and deliver talks that move their audiences and the world. She is the host of This Moved Me, an Apple Podcast “New and Noteworthy” show on the art of public speaking, and has had the privilege of interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry, sharing insights and inspiration with her audience.
Sally has worked with a wide array of clients - from corporations like Viacom, Cargill, Chick-Fil-A and Thomson Reuters - to small agencies, entrepreneurs, authors and creative professionals. She offers Premium 1:1 coaching, speaking and workshops - as well as online course offerings, webinars and community support through her learning platform, Movers-U. While most speaker coaches focus on creating more ‘perfect’ presentations, Sally’s focus is on bringing the human connection back to the front of the room through clear, compelling, authentic and intentional experiences.
It doesn’t matter what kind of Soloprener you are and the kind of work you do–you’re a communicator of vision and ideas. We can’t wait for you to learn from Sally so you can learn to better move those who are part of the story of your brand.
Allison Fallon is an author, speaker, and creative coach set on helping you gain confidence, discover what makes you secretly incredible and create something meaningful in the world. She’s written 12+ books, coached hundreds (yes, hundreds) of authors to outline and complete their projects, and is committed to helping you access the beauty and brilliance already inside of you.
It’s our opinion at Solo that every Solopreneur has a book in them, and Allison is the person who can show you why, all while helping you find your voice along the way.
Janelle Traister has a passion for elevating the heartbeat and the stories woven into the fabric of every brand. She collaborates with visionary leaders and forward-thinkers to help them connect their message with the right people, so they can build meaningful brands that positively impact the world. As Louder Agency’s Brand Messaging Strategist and Content Lead for STORY and Solo Con, Janelle can’t wait to help you discover the stories you should be telling to connect with your audience, scale your business, and change your future.
Gary Ware is a corporate facilitator, keynote speaker, certified coach, and self proclaimed Playful Instigator. Gary has over 14 years of experience in the corporate word holding various leadership positions. Being a multifaceted individual Gary also comes with nearly a decade of experience as a performer in improv theatre. After experiencing burnout in his pursuit for success and happiness, he realized that what was missing was play. Committing to a life of play is what led Gary to discover his passion for facilitating. Gary uses the power of applied improvisation and other playful methods to assist people in unlocking creativity, confidence, and better communication. When Gary isn't leading workshops or speaking, you can find him learning magic or off an adventure with his wife Courtney and son Garrett.
Shannon previously served as the Associate Brand Writing Manager for Action Brands at Hasbro Toys, where she helped create stories for some of the world’s biggest brands including Star Wars, Marvel, and Jurassic World. Shannon is an intrepid learner with a love for data and dad jokes alike. She takes great pride in her role in giving voice to new stories and sharing them with the world through surprising avenues and unexpected outputs. Shannon passionately supports the Oxford comma and will talk vintage mopeds with you any day of the week.
Previously the Associate Director of Creative Strategy at Skyword, Inc. in Boston, Shannon is now pursuing her next great creative adventure.
Chelsea Brinkley believes you can do great work from anywhere and that your life doesn’t have to revolve around an office building. This idea has made her a coach to remote workers and a hired gun for entrepreneurs who want to create a more efficient business by getting their systems and processes on track or adding a virtual executive assistant to their team.
Before having her own business, Chelsea worked for several years as the Executive Assistant to the CDO of a successful multi-million dollar company near Nashville, TN. Nowadays you’ll find her traveling with her husband, son, and pup, looking for the next mountain to hike, and occasionally sipping an old fashioned on the deck of her Colorado cabin— all while coaching, serving clients, and blogging about this life she gets to live after breaking free from the corporate world.
Todd is the author of 4 books all about living the creative life. And let’s be honest...the creative life is the Solopreneur life. Todd is a speaker, a consultant, and host of the podcasts “The Accidental Creative” and “Herding Tigers” where he delivers weekly tips and ideas for staying prolific, brilliant and healthy. He recently released the book, The Motivation Code, which is geared toward helping the readers decode their top motivations. Once we know how to activate our inner drivers, we can transform the work we do into work we love.
Consistently a crowd favorite at other events we’ve been a part of, we’re thrilled that Todd is willing to join us this year at Solo Con. Get your notebooks ready for one of the most practical talks of the entire conference.
Learn. Grow. Scale. Together.
15 min in and I'm already like 'THANK GOD I FOUND THIS CONFERENCE!'
Melody A | Solo Con 2021 Attendee
Gain insights and inspiration from the stories of other Solopreneurs, plus equip yourself with the practical skills you need to innovate, persevere, and scale your business. You'll have access to the following takeaways, and so many more.
Harness the power of messaging to connect with the right people.
Develop a marketing plan that’s achievable and effective.
Optimize your website and build a high-converting homepage.
Grow and maximize your email list to drive traffic that converts.
Cut through the noise and write words that sell.
Learn how to automate traffic and conversions through proven sales funnel formulas.
Effectively build a social media community that boosts your business.
Build a team even when you don’t think you have the money to hire.
Develop a Signature Talk, rooted in your story, that puts you and your business on the map.
Scale your impact by learning how to turn your experience into an online course and sell it.
Build Your Audience
Build recurring monthly revenue from an online community of paying members.
Learn where to focus now to maximize business growth and profitability.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Get ready to step into the next chapter of your story as a Solopreneur.
You were made for more than the lonely hustle. Solo is a global network of Solopreneurs seeking to change the future through purpose-driven work. We believe that there is wisdom in collaboration, meaning with purpose, and growth through connection.
The Solopreneur who started it all.
Harris’ expertise at crafting transformative learning experiences has drawn the attention of creative leaders and executives at global brands like Apple, Disney, Nike and more, along with some of the most innovative non-profit organizations and government agencies in the world—even NASA.
As the creative mastermind behind the STORY conference, Harris knows a thing or two about being a Solopreneur. Armed with a passion to change the future, Harris has built multiple 7-figure purposeful brands, all while doing the most meaningful work of his life. And he wants to help you do the same.
STORY attendees include leaders from:
Equip yourself to build a better future.